flight training requirements
What types of helicopter
licenses are available?
- Private Pilot License - allows you to fly only for your own
- Commercial Pilot License - enables you to work in the civil
aviation industry in Canada and many other countries where a Canadian
license is accepted.
If you already have a Canadian Commercial Fixed-Wing License, you may
receive training credits towards your Commercial Helicopter License.
If you already have a Canadian Commercial Helicopter License, you may add
the following professional ratings:
What is required for a Private Helicopter Pilot License?
- Night Rating
- Instrument Rating
- Flight Instructor Rating
- You must be 16 years or older to take the basic flying course for
your private license. A university degree or high school certificate is
- Prior to your first solo flight, you must pass a physical
examination and produce a birth certificate. The wearing of eye glasses
or certain other minor physical conditions are NOT considered
- At the end of the course, students must write an examination and
take a flight test with a Transport Canada Inspector or, when
designated by Transport Canada, the DFTE (Designated Flight Testing
What is required for a Commercial Helicopter Pilot License?
- You must be 18 years or older.
- You must have completed the following medical requirements in
accordance with the Medical Standards for Civil Aviation Personnel
Licensing and have received confirmation from Transport Canada that you
have passed: a. A medical examination conducted by a Transport Canada
designated medical examiner within 12 months preceding the date of
issue of the license if you are under 40 years of age, or within 6
months preceding the date of issue if you are 40 years of age or over;
b. An electrocardiogram with the doctor's written evaluation
completed within 24 months preceding the date of issue of the license
if you are under 40 years of age, or within 12 months preceding the
date of issue if you are 40 years of age or over;
c. An audiogram completed during the five years preceding the
date of issue of the license.
- You will require at least 100 hours of helicopter flight time, of
which 35 hours must be solo (including 10 hours solo cross-country
flight time). The remainder of the flight time is dual, of which 55
hours must be operational flying, 5 hours instrument flying, and 5
hours navigational training.
- You must pass a flight test with a Transport Canada examiner,
demonstrating your ability to fly a helicopter in all normal
manoeuvres, including emergency procedures and autorotations.
- You must pass an oral examination which is conducted by an examiner
before or after the flight test.
What is required to get a helicopter endorsement on my commercial
You must achieve a minimum of 60% on a multiple-choice written exam,
mainly on the helicopter theory of flight;
- You must have at least 60 hours of helicopter flight time, of which
a minimum of 37 hours are dual (including 5 hours cross-country) and 23
hours are solo (including 2 hours cross-country);
- You must pass a flight test and ground school oral examination
given by a Transport Canada examiner.